Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review #537 - Peter Pan by J.M Barrie


Fly across the sky with Peter and Wendy
One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles...

My Rating: 3/5

Before reading this book, I had not seen any movie adaptations or anything and only knew basic pop culture things about the story and characters. 

I was a little confused at first as to whether this book was trying to be a fantasy novel or a contemporary with a twist. 

The writing style wasn't very descriptive and for that reason I didn't find it very engaging either. 

The whole idea of of Wendy being a mother to Peter and all the other lost boys, with her taking care of all of them and such was rather sexist although it was on an innocent level. 

The character of Peter Pan was the most fascinating element out of the story. If viewed as a fantasy novel then Peter's abilities are justified however if viewed the other way then Peter is likely a ghost. 

Overall I can definitely see why this book and story is such a well loved classic and I am going to go and watch the Disney movie adaptation as soon as possible. 

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